Mensinger To Meet With Feds On DG Trail!
MEETING WITH FEDS
In a press release today, HERE, titled, "Statement from Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger on Fairview Park Trail", Mensinger tells us that, through the City Attorney's Office, he's requested a meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to talk with their agents about what he knows about the incident. Yikes!
HIS REQUEST STARTED IT...
You will recall from the released public records that it appears that Mensinger requested Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz to do something about the trail along the fence separating the Waldorf School/Parsons Field and Fairview Park. What happened as a result of that request was a scraping of weeds and application of herbicide on a swath at least six feet wide. And, later, mysteriously that area was found covered with decomposed granite to the depth in some places of at least six inches and wide enough to drive a tandem-axle truck on it.
ENCROACHED ON PROTECTED AREAS
That path encroached significantly on Federally-protected vernal pools - habitat for San Diego Fairy Shrimp.
DG REMOVED, SANCTIONS POSSIBLE
The decomposed granite has been removed under the guidance of the U.S Department of Fish and Wildlife at a very significant cost to the city. Word on further possible sanctions by the government due to our poor stewardship of that site is still pending.
WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
It's not clear what Mensinger hopes to accomplish with his conversation with representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife. One more thing for us to speculate about. Maybe he will finally fess up to playing a bigger part in the debacle and take personal responsibility for it. Or, maybe he'll tell them he didn't do anything. Or, maybe he'll tell them who did it... I guess we'll find out.
IF HE'S CULPABLE HE SHOULD RESIGN
In my opinion, if it is the former - and he's consistently denied any knowledge of the installation of the DG path for more than six months - that's a serious breach of his fiduciary responsibility as a councilman and the number two elected official in our city. If that's the case he should immediately resign from his office and pay whatever costs and penalties that act has caused the city to incur. We'll see.